Cristiano Ronaldo sent shockwaves when he asked to leave Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘set to join Atletico Madrid’ after star squashes Sporting return rumors

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘close to joining Atletico Madrid’ according to explosive report in Spain – after the Manchester United star hinted at rumors of a return to boyhood club Sporting Lisbon as ‘untrue’

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has also been linked with a shock move to Atletico Madrid
  • He played for rivals Real for nine seasons, scoring 311 goals in 292 appearances.
  • The 37-year-old quashes claims of shock return to Portuguese side Sporting
  • Ronaldo asked to leave Manchester United earlier this summer
  • But the United legend hasn’t quite garnered the interest he might have expected

Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a shock return to La Liga – not with Real Madrid, where he built a legacy that surely marks him as the greatest player in their history, but with fierce city rivals Atletico.

Spanish outlet Diario AS have reported that the player could be on his way to city rivals Atletico Madrid in what would be a dagger in the hearts of all Los Blancos fans.

Ronaldo, 37, sent shockwaves through the footballing world after asking for a transfer away from Erik ten Hag’s United in the summer, although he didn’t quite get the attention he would could hope.

Cristiano Ronaldo sent shockwaves when he asked to leave Manchester United

Ronaldo posted a photo of himself in the gym wearing United training shorts on social media

Ronaldo posted a photo of himself in the gym wearing United training shorts on social media

According to reports, Ronaldo’s representatives made contact with Diego Simeone’s team and persuaded the Argentina manager to make a move for the player.

If Diario’s sensational report were to prove true, it would surely be the transfer story of the summer, but Ronaldo’s long rivalry with the club means there is plenty of skepticism over the validity of the move. assertion.

After 311 goals in 292 games for Real and beating Atletico in not one but two Champions League finals in three years, Ronaldo has become public enemy number one among Atleti fans, and a move would surely create friction with the fan base.

Ronaldo wants to leave United after the club suffered a disappointing campaign last season

Ronaldo wants to leave United after the club suffered a disappointing campaign last season

Chelsea have distanced themselves from a move for Ronaldo as he seeks to leave Man United

Chelsea have distanced themselves from a move for Ronaldo as he seeks to leave Man United

But Ronaldo would relish the chance to play Champions League football again, and with other clubs like Chelsea and Bayern Munich distancing themselves from the Portuguese legend, Atletico would give him the opportunity to do so.

Ronaldo has a long-standing rivalry with Atletico manager Diego Simeone

AS reported that Ronaldo's representatives persuaded Simeone to make the move

AS reported that Ronaldo’s representatives convinced Diego Simeone to move

As well as Atletico, he has also been linked with a shock return to boyhood club Sporting Club, in what would be a sensational return to the club where it all started for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

The Portuguese legend took to Instagram to deny rumors of a return to Sporting, after a photo was posted by Sport TV Portugal claiming his car was spotted at the club’s stadium.

But Ronaldo cut to the chase with his response to the claims, simply commenting ‘False’.

Ronaldo quickly put an end to rumors linking him with a return to Sporting Club

Ronaldo quickly put an end to rumors linking him with a return to Sporting Club

And sporting director Hugo Viana added to the fans’ disappointment, saying: “I don’t think so now – I don’t think it’s possible, but you never know.”

“He can decide where he goes, but you never know the future. I don’t want to talk about it, but he still has a year left on his contract, so whatever he decides, let’s see.

The only offer the Red Devils have received for the player, who has one year left on his contract, comes from an unnamed Saudi side who offered Ronaldo £250million, but he has since rejected the deal.

Hasan Salihamidzic says Bayern Munich have no interest in bringing Ronaldo to club

Hasan Salihamidzic says Bayern Munich have no interest in bringing Ronaldo to club

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